10 May 2015
Although we failed to gain any additional seats in the parliamentary or district council elections, North Devon and Torridge can be proud to see an increase in Green votes four-fold.
Both Ricky Knight, with 5.8% of the vote and Cathrine Simmons with 7.1% can be happy that their share of the vote has increased over four times that of the 2010 results. 6959 people had the courage to vote Green - and if those wasted tactical voters had joined us, it would be a lot higher!
Cathrine and Peter Christie both retained their district council seats - Peter gaining the most votes in his ward of Bideford North.
So the Green strength has grown, and we intend to build upon this for a greener future. Join the party and help us!
Nationally the Green vote has also increased four-fold to over 1.1 million votes. Now is the time to campaign for electoral reform, so people really do feel represented by the party they voted for. You can help by signing this petition.
South West Region Local Elections:
We had 579 candidates standing for 1252 council vacancies. Our results are gradually appearing on the SW website - use the Local Authority Map link to get detail for each district.
The great news is that we have 13 new principal authority councillors. Congratulations to Barrie Woods in South Hams who joins Jacqui Hodgson and Robert Vint who were re-elected. Shane Collins, Stina Falle and Des Harris made a collective breakthrough in Frome onto Mendip District, where Jon Cousins missed winning by just 4 votes. Bath also had a breakthrough with Jonathon Carr and Liz Pattinson becoming our first Green councillors. Up in the Forest of Dean Chris McFarling became the Green District Councillor and all the other existing councillors in the SW were re-elected. Bristol delivered seven new councillors: Ani Stafford-Townsend, Jerome Thomas, Carla Denyer, Dani Glazzard, Anna McMullen, Stephen Clarke and Deb Joffe. They join the 5 sitting Green councillors who were not up for re-election and 1 re-elected making the Green group 13 strong. The makeup of the council is now 30 Lab, 15 Con, 13 Green, 10 LD and 2 Independent. Across Bristol as a whole we averaged a 24.5% share beating both Tories and LibDems. Bristol is our Green capital!
Visit the Green Party South West regional website for more information